Attendance figures released by Integrated Systems Events for the ISE 2015 show reflect growth in the overall AV and integrated systems market, said ISE managing director Mike Blackman at the organisation’s recent press conference.
If one discounts the attendance from the Netherlands (“At any show the strongest attendance is always from the local community,” remarked Blackman), the greatest numbers of attendees were from the UK (7,461), Germany (6,940), Belgium (3,474) and France (2,979). “We’re seeing we’re doing very well in France, a lot more than we’ve done is the past, so we’re finally cracking that market,” he commented.
Blackman drew a parallel between market growth in the industry and visitor numbers at the show in these territories: “Our attendance in the Netherlands has gone up by about 15% over the previous year – Germany has gone up by 8% and UK buy 13%, so we’re seeing general growth in the key markets [reflected] in our attendance as well.”
He continued: “We’re seeing other countries where they were suffering in the past years, like Italy and Spain, and we’re seeing again growth – those markets are starting to come up again, certainly in their attendance at ISE – we hope that’s a reflection of where the industry’s going.” Italy and Spain saw 5% and 20% growth in their respective visitor numbers.
A notable exception to the upward trend was Russia, where attendee numbers fell 14% to 913.